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“If you are going through hell, keep going” – Winston Churchill

It was a cold New England afternoon as I experienced this installment of My Wild Life, my friends. Clouds were pillowing up in the sky, the smell of snow was hanging in the air. I could sense that something magical was bound to happen…I was ready…

And I RAN. I RAN! I ran like the wind!!!

For those who don’t know me, let me elaborate on why this is something I would bother writing about, much less sharing with the world. I HATE RUNNING. HATE IT!!!!!! Having been overweight for so long, running was always so impossible for me; the panting, my fat flopping around, the heaviness of my legs hitting the ground, and oh the ridiculous way I must have looked to unassuming strangers on the block, all my huffing and and barely making it down the street…ICK! I also had been plagued with knee problems most of my adult life that stemmed from participating in numerous competitive sports as a youngster, so I would avoid this type of high-impact stress to my knees that would come with running whenever I could. Given all that, I can safely say that I have not full-out sprinted for about 10 years. While I have been doing shuttle runs of late, I am generally very conservative with my pace and given the short distances, there was not much to write home about. But today was different. I RAN.

My Workout:

                3 Rounds

                Run 400 meters

                21 box jumps

                12 pull-ups

Somehow I made it through the first round, so surprised that I could run 400 meters without passing out that I felt like I was floating through the box jumps and the pull-ups (two things I usually suck at!) Round 2 came and went.  Had a little trouble breathing in the cold air, so I had to walk a bit, but then powered through the rest. Box jumps and pull-ups? No problem! Then the final round was upon me. I ran faster this time and then sprinted like a wild woman down the home stretch. I felt free!!! My legs felt like rubber! But I did it!!!!! The box jumps and pull-ups were tougher but I didn’t care. I felt so exhilarated! I RAN!

If that wasn’t surprising enough, I also became aware that I had no knee pain. None. I attribute that to my dedication to my fitness regimen, the fact that I have lost over 50 pounds since I last did some running, all the bone broth I consume, and Mobility WOD. (K Starr is my hero!) I would never be able to exercise this hard on the regular without the stretching, time with the foam roller, and lacrosse ball work that I learned from this website & the videos. If you have joint aches and pains, check out Mobility WOD.  If you want even more of an intensive learning experience, Kelly Starrett of Mobility WOD will be hosting a 2-day Seminar online on CreativeLive January 30 & 31 about maintaining your body. It’s free if you watch it live.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” –Winston Churchill

(Sorry about all the Churchill quotes, but he just has so many good ones :-))

Success #2: Today was also the last day of my 21 Day Sugar Detox!! Hooray! Though truth be told, I did not have trouble getting through it this time and I love the freedom of not being a slave to my cravings. I am inspired! Since that is so, I am going to continue the detox through the end of the month. I encourage anyone to try the program who would like to know what it’s like to regain control over the food in your life. AMAZING! Click the banner on this page to find out more about the 21 Day Sugar Detox and to sign up. Success is truly sweeter than sugar! (And, of course, better for you!)

Success #3: I finally made my own sauerkraut! I have been meaning to try to make my own fermented vegetables for awhile since fermented foods are so good for digestion and gut flora balance.  So I finally set aside some time to try this. Since I am going to wait 2 weeks to let the cabbage ferment, I do not know yet if what I did was actually a success, but I am feeling just as good that I finally tried it. Plus, the recipe from Nourished Kitchen couldn’t be simpler. Just plan on your hands getting a tough workout!

Up next: I will be making home-made cocoa butter moisturizer! Recipe to follow.

Today’s successes allow me peaceful satisfaction as I wind down for the evening. I know that I have come a long way in the past few years and I am grateful. I think it’s important to celebrate even the small victories in life since they too often seem so few and far between.  Today, I ran – and if I can accomplish that, I know you can achieve your more elusive goals too. Just be sure to make time to celebrate your success when you do.

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” – Dale Carnegie

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